I think that I need one more day off. Today is a day of distractibility. From my office I hear the conversations of the surrounding offices. I try to block it out, but it is of no use. I can’t seem to do it.
My boss has been on the phone most of the day. Like in a Winnie the Pooh story, she has an affinity to commas, rather than periods, creating a frenzied feeling when trying to follow her train of thought. There are times when I must follow the conversation; she knows her stuff and has a lot to teach me. But today’s conversations are not for me; they are for another lucky recipient.
My boss seems to be having a productive day, while my work is negatively offsetting any progress that she makes. She talks loud, and is lively in her enthusiasm. It sets me further off task.
I had a hint that the issue was with me and not those around me later in the day. The major players in my department gathered earlier to study for a certification exam that we will be taking in mid-March. I had difficulty keeping up with the group.
It wasn’t that I didn’t know the answers; I’ve actually been reading the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in my spare time. It was just that one person would be reading the question out loud, someone else would already be blurting out their answer choice (and often the next as well), while yet another set of people would still be discussing the prior item. I wanted to scream ONE at a time – one question, one person speaking, just ONE. I guess I am just tired – very tired.